Many of us aspire to use our talents in a way that helps others. Some people, however, go above and beyond in this department. Poland’s Piotr Malachowski is an accomplished world class athlete. He trains in discus throwing, and has not only competed at the Olympic level, but won silver medals in both Rio and Beijing. He holds the distinction of having thrown the fifth longest discus throw ever. It was 71.84 meters.
As it turns out, his heart may be even stronger than his body. In the wake of his recent Olympic victory, Malachowski received a letter from a mother who was desperate for help. Her name was Goshia, and she was consumed with worry for her three-year-old son, Olek. Olek was battling a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma. Although the disease is treatable, Goshia feared her son would not survive. The family could not afford to take him to New York City for the care he needed. Without it, there was little hope.
An organization called Siepomaga had started a fundraising effort for Olek’s treatment. However, they were still far from the $126,000 needed for his travel and medical expenses. It did not look as though they would meet their goal in time. Goshia wrote to Malachowski in desperation. It was a long shot. However, a mother who is afraid of losing her child will do anything.
He was touched by Goshia’s love for her little boy. He took on their cause. Malachowski called out for help, putting forth the most valuable thing that he owned. “In Rio I fought for gold,” he wrote. “Today I call on all people — let us fight together for something that is even more valuable. For the health of this fantastic boy.”
The bidding went on for a few days. The highest public offer was approximately $19,000. Then, a wealthy family came forth with a private offer that ended the auction. It more than covered the cost of Olek’s treatment.
“Thank you everyone who took part in the auction,” wrote Malachowski. “We were able to show that together we can make miracles. My silver medal today is worth much more than a week ago.”
Malachowski inspired the world with his selflessness. He took his talents and put them to use in a way far beyond what any of us could have imagined. His kindness and generosity may have saved a life. I urge you to allow yourself to be inspired by this wonderful man. Think of your own talents. Consider the needs of those around you. What can you do with the gifts that you have been given? You may not save a life, but you just might make someone’s day a little bit brighter.
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